Can’t sleep? Pump up the sleep jams
From heartbreak and terrible work days to weddings and working out, the power of music is always by our side. Sweet lullabies have been rocking us to sleep since infancy – Rock A Bye Baby, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and, our personal favorite, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. In fact, studies show soothing melodies and lyrics help us relax and fall asleep faster. What’s your favorite nighttime soundtrack? Wait, did you say you don’t have a nighttime playlist?
Time to put sleep in the passenger seat and drive to sweet dreams with a soothing, bedtime playlist.
Bedtime music is a matter of personal taste and it’s much different than what you listen to when you work out or need a pick-me-up. Jose Colon, M.D., author of The Sleep Diet: A Novel Approach to Insomnia says, “If you listen to certain artists or songs when you’re trying to stay alert, you’re associating that music with alertness.” Look for songs that slow your heart rate, which will also slow down your brain activity and allow sleep to follow. .
Before you turn on the tunes for sleep, follow these 3 steps:
Holocene by Bon Iver
“Saying nothing, that’s enough for me.” Lay in your comfy bed and let Bon Iver sing you into the magnificence of the dream world.
Sad Dream by Sky Ferreira
“Only ever in dreams I wrap my arms around you.” This song will release you from your sad drams and let go into the comfort of sleep.
Tell Me by Taken by Trees
“Why not take me all the way to July.” Winter is approaching and sometimes we wish for summer warmth. This laid back tune will bring you to your favorite season as you snooze.
If You Can’t Sleep by Him & Her
“I’ll be there in your dreams if you can’t sleep at all.” This beautiful lullaby comes from actress, Zoey Deschanel. Thoughts of beautiful skies and love will rock you to sleep in no time.
Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
“Take my hand, take my whole life too, for I can’t help falling in love with you.” As you fall into a deep sleep hold onto your loved one or kitty as you listen to this beautiful song.
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
“For a thousand years, I’ll love you for a thousand more.” Through nightmares, tough times and chaotic days – you’ll always have sleep for years to come. Relax, breathe and let slumber take over with this song.
Photograph by Ed Sheeran
“We made these memories for ourselves, where our eyes are never closing.” Ed Sheeran is the world’s favorite artist to fall asleep too, according to Spotify. The memories you cherish are locked away as your eyes close and you render yourself to sleep. Rest easy and sweet dreams.
If you’re looking for more songs to tuck into bed with check out Spotify’s top sleep tracks. If music isn’t your bedtime style check out these other ways to fall asleep faster: